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Rory Feek shares touching photo ahead of tribute to Joey at ACM Awards

Rory Feek posted a touching photo on the Joey+Rory Facebook page Saturday morning, one day ahead of an emotional tribute to his late wife at the American Country Music Awards.

The photo, taken at their Indiana farm, shows bright rays beaming down from the sky, illuminating the green field and the simple cross marking Joey's grave.

Rory shared the image along with lyrics from their song "When I'm Gone."

"A bright sunrise will contradict the heavy fog that weighs you down," he captioned the post.

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Joey Martin Feek, left, and Rory Lee Feek, of the country music duo Joey and Rory, pose for a photo on Thursday April 23, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Joey died of terminal cancer at age 40 in March of this year — leaving behind Rory and their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana. Before her death, the husband-wife country and gospel duo shared touching photos and updates with fans throughout Joey’s brave fight on the blog, This Life I Live.

Later on Saturday, Rory uploaded more photos of the couple's young daughter, Indiana, enjoying breakfast and a parade close to their home — prompting thousands of supportive comments from followers of the page.

"Love continues on where love was planted," one person wrote. "The gardener may not be around but the seeds of love and hope will grow forever."

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On Sunday, the country music community paid an emotional tribute to Joey at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Martina McBride and Darius Rucker honored the singer before their presentation of the best vocal group award.

"A few weeks ago, we lost a member of our country music family with the passing of Joey Feek," Rucker began.

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Academy of Country Music Awards. Joey Feek.

McBride continued: "Joey was more than a wonderful singer and an ACM-winning artist along with her husband Rory. She was a beloved mom, daughter, family member and friend."

Loud applause from the audience erupted as they honored the late singer with a standing ovation.

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"Of all the different ways we could honor Joey, we think that what would mean the most to Joey and her family is just one more time, for all of us, her fans who loved her, to give her a big round of applause," Rucker said.

Although Rory did not attend the awards show, Hopie, his daughter from a former marriage, and friend Julie were in the crowd.

"God bless them," McBride said. "And God bless you, Joey."

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